After an unlikely and inspirational 2016 AFL Premiership victory, the Western Bulldogs soon fell back into old habits.
With a significant portion of their flag-winning side either retiring or moving elsewhere over the next two years, the Dogs missed the finals in 2017 and slipped even further to finish 13th in 2018.
Things are looking up again for Luke Beveridge and his charges, however, and there is a sense of optimism around the Kennel after the Doggies bolted home to finish seventh in 2019.
What does the season ahead hold for the 2016 premiers? Let’s take a look at the latest AFL odds and futures markets for the upcoming season.
About the Western Bulldogs
|Home ground:||Etihad Stadium|
|Premierships:||2 – 1954, 2016|
|2019 ladder finish:||7th|
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Updated Western Bulldogs futures betting
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$14||$1.62||$3.25||M Bontempelli $21||C Weightman $26||A Naughton $41|
|Feb||$14||$1.62||$3.25||M Bontempelli $21||C Weightman $26||A Naughton $41|
|Mar||$14||$1.62||$3.25||M Bontempelli $21||C Weightman $26||A Naughton $41|
|May||$21||$1.91||$3.50||M Bontempelli $11||C Weightman $26||A Naughton $41|
|Jun||$21||$1.91||$3.50||M Bontempelli $11||C Weightman $26||A Naughton $41|
|Jul||$21||$1.83||$4.20||M Bontempelli $17||C Weightman $26||J Bruce $67|
|Aug||$67||$2.75||$26||J Macrae $21||L Vandermeer $34||M Wallis $67|
Best Western Bulldogs bets for the 2020 AFL season
Where are the best Western Bulldogs bets in the AFL futures markets that matter?
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- The Western Bulldogs were among the biggest improvers in 2019, rising from 13th the previous year to grab a spot in the finals. There are plenty of teams with better credentials ahead of them in the AFL Premiership betting, but the Dogs are worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.
- Given what we saw at the back end of last season, it would be a huge surprise if the Dogs missed out on finals this year. Their midfield is one of the deepest in the league, while the key positions look a lot stronger with Josh Bruce and Alex Keath on the books.
- Marcus Bontempelli and Jack Macrae polled 22 Brownlow votes apiece in 2019, with the latter earning points in nine of the last 11 games. Those two are great options if you are looking beyond the top few chances in this year’s Brownlow Medal betting, while Josh Dunkley should improve on the 15 votes he gathered last season.
- There are a couple of Dogs among the top 25 contenders for the AFL Rising Star this season. Cody Weightman is a promising small forward, while father-son pick Rhylee West is still eligible after playing three games at back end of 2019.
- Last year, we said this: “Don’t include any Bulldogs in your Coleman Medal betting picks this year. It isn’t even an option at Sportsbet, where not a single Dog is quoted for the league goalkicking award.” This year, we say Josh Bruce and Aaron Naughton are both very tempting options at good odds.
Bulldogs players to watch in 2020
Few could have predicted the impact Naughton would have when he moved to the forward line last season. The spring-heeled West Australian is one of the most exciting key-position players in the league and will only improve this year.
With 20 goals in the last six rounds of the home-and-away fixture, this guy was a huge part of the Bulldogs’ dash to the finals last season. If Dale brings that kind of form into 2020, who knows what the Dogs can accomplish?
The most baffling part of the Bulldogs’ 2019 campaign was the decision to play Dunkley in the forward line early in the year. The Gippsland Power product is one of the best ball-winners in the competition and should be a Brownlow chance this season.
Western Bulldogs records
Most matches: Brad Johnson – 364 (1994-2010)
Most goals kicked in one match: Kelvin Templeton – 15
Most Best & Fairest awards: Scott West – seven
Most goals in a season: Kelvin Templeton – 118
Most career goals: Simon Beasley – 575